Special Events

CETA is pleased to provide a variety of special events. Be sure to check back often for updates!

President’s Welcome

Upon arrival, join us for a special reception with CETA President Michael Despars and the CETA Board to welcome you in style!  Join us in the Kent Room at the Santa Maria Inn.

Keynote Speaker: To Be Announced

Previous Keynote Speakers have included Tappan Wilder, Marlee Matlin, John Lithgow, Joe Mantegna, Jason Alexander, Garry Marshall, Luis Valdez, State Senator Sheila Kuehl and more.  Check back soon for this year’s speaker!

Speed Date

This is your chance to learn about the plays that other educators are excited about. In this rapid exchange based on “speed dating,” you’ll connect with dozens of educators and walk away with great ideas to explore over the weekend.

CETA Awards

Join us for this special dinner celebrating individuals and organizations that have made an important contribution to educational theatre! We are currently accepting nominations for this year’s awards. Submission deadline is August 1st.  Click here to read more.

Past Presidents Council Theatre Library Sale

Our retiring members often donate their theatre libraries to CETA. Take advantage of these great collections and often one-of-a-kind treasures!  All proceeds benefit our scholarship funds.

Technical Theatre Workshops

Because of our collaboration with PCPA this year, a wealth of tech theatre workshops will be available to you, including costuming, sound, scenic painting, portfolios and more.

Networking Brunch

We’ll have a networking brunch on Sunday. Another way to make great connections!

New Teacher Mentoring

We’ll have a special session for new theatre educators to orient them to CETA, plus all of the opportunities in the state, including festivals, organizations and more.  CETA will also provide connections between new educators with experienced mentors.


All-Conference Session on New Arts Standards, Arts Framework, Theatre Credential
CETA Annual Business Meeting and Elections